Dept. of Education investigating school that expelled girl after she reported a sexual assault

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Warren Consolidated School District is under federal Investigation for how it handled an alleged sexual assault at Cousino High School.  

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights sent a letter to the district notifying them of the allegations and the investigation. It says a 15-year-old girl reported a sexual assault happened in the parking lot at Cousino High School in May.

The girl was then expelled from school for 180 days.

School leaders say because of privacy rules they can’t comment on what happened, but say the district handled the situation according to policy. It would not specify what policies were followed.

According to a Warren Police Report regarding the incident the girl told her assistant principal she had been forced to perform a sex act on a senior boy. 

The boy was punished at school as well. There was a short video on the boy’s cell phone of some of what happened seized by police. 

The prosecutor’s office reviewed the investigation, but declined to press charges. There reasoning given was there was not enough evidence it was not consensual.

The girl’s mother says she believes her daughter has a right to report sex assault without losing her ability to get an education. 

The organization Stop Sexual Assaults in Schools guided her in submitting a complaint to the Department of Education. The organization says it believes the Department of Education will find the girl’s rights were violated. 

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